The development of artificial intelligence allows us to rethink how to better treat human diseases and improve the lives of people with disabilities. The combination of artificial intelligence and big data not only helps medical diagnosis, but also provides new medical methods for a series of diseases that modern science believes cannot be cured (such as cancer, autism, some mental illnesses and rare genetic diseases). Specifically, the combination of artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, gene therapy, and medical research has expanded new possibilities for treating such diseases. In addition, innovation unites in various ways to help people with disabilities live better lives.
For many years, cancer treatment has been at the forefront of medical research, and people have never stopped all kinds of beneficial attempts. Armed with gene editing tools such as artificial intelligence and CRISPR / Cas9, researchers finally have a way to turn cancer cells into non-cancer cells by deleting genes and redesigning cells. This treatment is particularly effective in treating certain types of blood cancer. A new study, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Parker Cancer Immunotherapy Institute and Tmunity Treeutics, has recently conducted clinical trials of this new treatment and has made exciting progress. Although the results have not been announced and the road ahead is complex, this form of cancer treatment may lead people to the goal of curing the disease.
Autism is a developmental spectrum disorder that affects children more and more widely. This is a debilitating disease that not only hinders the normal development of children with autism, but also lacks a cure. Thanks to the development of technology, people are trying to use artificial intelligence to help autistic patients integrate into the surrounding world and live a better life. QTrobot and Milo robots can teach children to learn social skills and recognize children’s emotions. In addition, InMoov can teach children sign language and Zeno can teach children how to communicate. Stanford University’s Autism Eyewear Program helps autistic children adapt to various situations in their daily lives by providing feedback in social situations, such as greetings, expressing needs, and conflict resolution.
Because autism is seen as a developmental disorder rather than a disease, research has not focused on cures. This year, when Elon Musk released the Neuralink research and white paper, there was a sudden debate about whether autism can be “cured.” Musk revealed in an interview that Neuralink may treat many brain-related diseases, such as autism.
Musk said, “I think Neuralink will solve many brain-related diseases. Autism, schizophrenia, memory loss, etc. are all possible. Everyone will experience memory loss at a certain age, such as parents can not remember Things like the child ’s name. “
Neuralink’s goal is to develop an artificial intelligence chip that will be implanted in the brain to collect information, monitor and potentially stimulate the brain to optimize brain activity. It is worth noting that it is not clear whether treating autism as a brain disease rather than a developmental disorder is the right path. In addition, whether the Neuralink project can be achieved in this direction without causing side effects Progress is inconclusive. However, the idea that artificial intelligence can enhance brain activity has inspired new ways of thinking to find other ways to help children with autism.
Treatment and diagnosis of mental illness
In recent years, with the help of artificial intelligence, most of the progress in mental health treatment has revolved around treatment (drugs, counselling, etc.) and diagnosis. BetterHelp, Recain, Woebot, and Wysa, artificial intelligence-enabled therapeutic applications and robots can help patients cope with mental health problems and make psychotherapy easier for the general public.
In the field of diagnosis, artificial intelligence treatment systems using big data, such as the Global Leso Digital Health Plan, provide therapists with a large amount of data and predict the probability of diagnosis, thereby making the final diagnosis more evidence-based. Providing cognitive behavioral therapy through written communication, artificial intelligence systems can use information to measure and improve treatment plans, and can also assist therapists to use data to quantify treatment plans.
Improving the lives of people with disabilities
In the field of prosthetic devices, artificial intelligence is also used to improve the living standards of people with disabilities. Bionic eyes, such as the ArgusII system approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, allow people with low vision to see shapes, which allows people with disabilities to try reading books and crossing the road in a different way to live a better life. Ossur offers AI-enabled knee devices that enable amputees to walk in a natural way with bionic limbs. Starkey, an artificial intelligence medical device company that develops Livio AI, has developed a hearing aid that not only enhances the listening experience by reducing noise, but also tracks health-related data, enabling patients to seek help in emergencies.
In the future, technological innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, and medical research will generate more synergies. These studies will open up more possibilities for advancements in the fields of treatment, diagnosis and health.